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'Argo' finally tops box office with $12.4M

Associated Press Modified: October 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm •  Published: October 28, 2012

But there's hope on the horizon with the animated comedy "Wreck-It Ralph" coming next weekend, the latest James Bond film, "Skyfall," opening Nov. 9 and the final installment in the "Twilight" saga due out Nov. 16. "Skyfall" opened this weekend overseas with a whopping $77.7 million in 25 countries.

"This is just one of those box office weekends we'd rather forget," Dergarabedian said. "Unless you're 'Argo.'"

Estimated ticket sales are for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Argo," $12.4 million. ($5 million international.)

2. "Hotel Transylvania," $9.5 million. ($18.1 million international.)

3. "Cloud Atlas," $9.4 million.

4. "Paranormal Activity 4," $8.7 million. ($14.1 million international.)

5. (tie) "Silent Hill: Revelation 3-D," $8 million.

6. "Taken 2," $8 million. ($10.1 million.)

7. "Here Comes the Boom," $5.5 million.

8. "Sinister," $5.07 million.

9. Alex Cross," $5.05 million.

10. "Fun Size," $4.1 million.



Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:


1. "Skyfall," $77.7 million.

2. "Hotel Transylvania," $18.1 million.

3. "Paranormal Activity 4," $14.1 million.

4. "The Bourne Legacy," $11.5 million.

5. "Taken 2," $10.1 million.

6. "The Impossible," $8.7 million.

7. "Madagascar 3," $8.4 million.

8. "Asterix et Obelix: Au Service de Sa Majeste," $5.3 million.

9. (tie) "Argo," $5 million.

10. "Ted," $5 million.




Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.